About Capsule Endoscopy
A capsule endoscopy uses a pill sized video camera that you swallow to allow examination of the small intestine. This camera continuously takes pictures as it passes through your digestive tract, saving them to a small recording device for later evaluation. The capsule will eventually pass during a bowel movement.
The procedure allows your doctor to evaluate the small intestine, since this particular part of the bowel cannot be assessed with a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy. It can be utilized for finding the cause of a bleed, or detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, or tumors.